What is the best starter iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gettin sombrero, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. gettin sombrero macrumors newbie

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    Basically, I'm looking for something that'll last a while as my web surfing/IM/music machine until I can pick up a mbp after the next revision has been out for a while.

    I'd like a desktop but I'm not sure which line I'd like to choose. The G5 iMacs look tempting at the price but I'm not sure if I should spend money on a G5 as there are Core Duo and Core 2 Duo machines out there (also Snow Leopard not being PPC compatible).

    I'm wanting something I can easily upgrade the hard drive on since I have a lot of stuff I'll be transferring over from my windows machine. Preferably something that would easily be serviceable by myself, but that really isn't a requirement.

    On top of this, I ask what is a fair price range for the G5/CD/C2D iMacs? I see even the G5s going for a fair bit but would like to know what the consensus is on a good price.

    I appreciate all the help you'll provide for me.

    I'm not limited to iMacs I should add, if a PowerMac G5 would be a better fit recommend it.
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Too bad they still have the ...

    iMac (17"LCD/1.83GHz/1GB/160GB/Combo/Intel GMA 950) (MA710LL/A)

    in the lineup ... but not available for retail purchase, just education.

    Would be nice to see a $799-850 iMac.
     
  3. seattle macrumors 6502

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    A used Intel Mac Mini is a good little machine. I found a core solo for $250 on my local craigslist and bought it.
     

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